Willi's Wine Bar
A Pleasant DayIt's a 2 hour drive for us for us from San Francisco but worth it (at least once).The food was good and the menu innovative.Our wait staff were friendly and efficient. A fun experience !6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMSmall Plates with a FlairThe combination of delicious small plates were fantastic - something for everyone. A great way to taste different dishes without going into a food coma.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect night with my girlsMy 2 best friends took me out for my Birthday Saturday night. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the menu and lovely wine list. The food was just ok, but the wine and service made it excellent! I received a surprise dessert with a candle which made it that much more special. The bartender was very nice, and on top of everything.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is always top notch.The food is always top notch. Small plates are the way to share with your partner. I would recommend this spot to anyone visiting the wine country.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAll small plates but fun toAll small plates but fun to share. Loved the lamb and tenderloin. Fires and mac and cheese were great too.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous time!!!Delicious food. Personable service. Wonderful wine list.
We had a fabulous dinner.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThe reviews don't lieIt's nothing to look at from outside but inside it's a lot of fun with great small-plates style menu and excellent food/wine. I'd definitely go there again when in town.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMA Happy Birthday at Willi'sA splendid meal of tasty tapas/shared dishes. An extremely helpful waitperson and a solid, friendly staff. They even acknowledged my special occasion tip on the reservation by serving the birthday dessert with a candle and comping it! The desserts (lemon pudding cake, pear spring rolls) were spectacular.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a great waiterJason was our waiter......made lunch even more pleasant.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMYou cannot go wrong!!Willi's is truly a very special and friendly wine bar. You won't be disappointed!!6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome!What a great find! Fabulous ambience and menu. I love the special wine and cheese pairing. We will be back!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWilli's is great- excellentWilli's is great- excellent food and service and small plates are great so that you can have a variety of great food. The soft shell crab BLT and the flourless chocolate cake and Filet Mignon sliders are the best!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a nice surprise!I had passed Willi's Wine Bar dozens of times since I live nearby, but had never thought to go in. The other night, my husband and I were looking for something different. The OpenTable reviews of Willi's were so good that we thought we'd give it a try. What a wonderful surprise to have such an interesting place right in our neighborhood. The food was delicious and the service was great. It was just a bit noisy (I think there was a party going on), but overall the ambience was really nice. We sat outside, had some wine, ate some small plates. We will be back!!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMSix adults and two serviceSix adults and two service dogs were delighted and very well fed at this dinner. Even the doggies were given their own bowl of water and two cookies served on a special plate. The server was very helpful in that she made great recommendations and calculated the amounts perfectly. Since the food is served in appetizer portions, meant to be shared by the diners at the table, this was very, very helpful.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFood:so good! Service:amazing!Food:so good! Service:amazing! Just too bad that we had a reservation and still couldn't sit on the patio, even though I saw empty spots and other were being sat out there.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMA must visit when in the areaSince discovering Willi's Wine Bar several years ago it is a must visit spot whenever I am near the Healdsburg / Wine Country area. The food is always outstanding and the ability to pair wine with each plate is great. Never disapponted and the menu selections are outstanding. Truffle fries are a must and this visit the Sliders were the star.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMBeats ParisWe've been to the Willi's Wine Bar in Paris, and this Willi's beats it by a mile (or 1.62 kilometers). Fantastic food, inventive and well prepared. The Sonoma vibe trumps the Paris 'tude any day! Small plates are great to share (or not). This is a go-to place for both out of town visitors and locals.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat roadside find!A great switch from the more formal eateries and 6 course tasting menus in Sonoma and Napa. All small plates. 3 or 4 small plates each is more than enough. And the choice to select 2 oz., 5 oz. 1/2 bottle or full bottle let's you create your own wine pairings with each "course". Everything we had was excellent. I only wish they had room on the patio to dine outside instead of in the bar area near the kitchen door. Ask ahead if you want to eat outside.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen in ParisOur second visit to Willi's in Santa Rosa and worth the trip from Mill Valley where we were staying. The wine list provided many by-the-glass choices and the food was outstanding. In Paris you go to Willi's for its rich history and ambiance. The California version is not a "knock-off", it is a great choice on it own merits. Service was excellent, friendly and helpful.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have eaten there many timesWe have eaten there many times so obviosly love it.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGourmet foodWe thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Excellent waiter named Jason.
Truly gourmet food in a totally relaxed environment.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMDon't miss this restaurant !!Great food with a twist that makes it very exciting. So many choices that you are compelled to share.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome bites after wine-tastingWhen visiting Sonoma valley wineries, your wine tasting experience need not end when you leave the wineries if you visit Willi's for dinner. Willi's had an amazing wine list and fabulous small plates to go with them. We had scallops, trout, goat cheese fritters, mu shu,... every dish more wonderful than the previous. The last plate was Tunisian carrots--you have to taste them to believe how delectable they are. The desserts were scrumptious too! This was my second visit to Willi's and I can't wait to go again.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful!We went to Willi's on Friday night and ended up returning on Saturday (cancelled our other reservations!). There were plenty of vegetarian options for my husband. The wine selection is excellent and the food was delicious. Hope to return again when we're back in town.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food and serviceService was prompt and courteous. Fair sized portions for the small plates. Reasonable prices for the area.
Truffle fries was OK but no surprises. Grilled asparagus was nicely done. Fava bean bruschetta with burrata cheese lacked in special flavour (no discernible flavour of fava bean puree and burrata low in flavour). Riblets were asian style and nicely flavoured but some were a little dry on the outside from the roasting.
Good selection of wine at reasonable prices for the area.
Would recommend to friends if they are in the area.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful experenceMy wife and I love this place. We have celebrated our Anniversary here for the past three years and have not been disappointed. The service is wonderful and the food is always something to savor and talk about for weeks afterward.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMSmall plate dishes make itSmall plate dishes make it possible to try more food dishes. The roasted carrots and roasted asparagus dishs were delicous.
The other three people all raved about their small plates. Casual to dressy is the atmosphere.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMKick-off your Wine Country VacationA friend recommended Willi's for a recent trip to Napa Valley. After landing at STS, my wife and I stopped in on the way to Calistoga. They've got a great outdoor area, friendly service, solid wine list and really good food. Highly recommended.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMBetter than it looks from outsideLooks like a local's bar from the street but it's got a great courtyard and very good food. All small plates you can share. The shrimp, the scallops, the lamb chop's were highlights. Lots of choices for a cheese plate. Skip the potstickers.
It gets busy so you might need a reservation.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Foodie place in Sonoma CountyMy wife and I love this place. All the food is so good, and the wine is even better. Service really makes the place!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMOne word...AmazingI love tapas and was excited to come here, especially after reading the great reviews. We arrived on a busy Saturday evening but were seated right away with our Open Table reservations. We chose the outside patio to enjoy the beautiful evening, under the heaters it was perfect into the later evening. Our service was exemplary, friendly staff and helpful with our selections. The food was beyond good, each dish was an experience of flavors. I would highly recommend this restaurant to foodies and anyone who enjoys trying something new. I live out of the area but am already looking for a excuse to visit again so I can come back and try more items on the menu.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was a great restaurant.This was a great restaurant. There were 4 in our party. We all ordered 2 items and share. It was aa great expereince.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat evening!!! Yummy smallGreat evening!!! Yummy small plates! Terrific Wine!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWilli's has never ceased toWilli's has never ceased to consistently amaze. The place is always packed, but the small plates make for an intimate dining experience. Well done!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMJust SuperA+ for the Mac N Cheese, Pot Stickers, Scallops! Great Service and all around super evening.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Service and Excellent FoodEvery dish was delicious, and the staff was friendly and accommodating. We had a great time.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFun for food and fabulous wine!Went with a group of male co-workers and I was worried the "small plates" would leave them hungry. However, if you order enough of them and focus on the more substantial choices, you will be stuffed by the end of the evening. Our "quick dinner" lasted more than 3 hours due to the relaxed pace and steady flow of tapas coming from the kitchen. Service was very good, our server had a great knowledge of all the wines - we basically told her our preferences and she brought out her suggestions. Everyone was spot on! The BBQ duck with polenta got rave reviews, and I especially enjoyed the beet salad. Save room for dessert - the chocolate cake was delicious! Would definitely return in I'm in the area!4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMOur waiter was exceptional!Our waiter was exceptional! We enjoyed our evening. The only down side was the buzzing mesquites and bugs.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing!Fabulous!!!! The lamb and couscous is to die for.....everything was great, the oysters...yum!!!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe ordered several excellentWe ordered several excellent small plates. Most notable were the Goat Cheese Fritters with Blistered cherry Tomatoes, the Crispy Pork Riblets (tender, flavorful and a generous serving) and Moroccan Style Lamb Chops (simply outstanding!). We selected the flight of Sonoma County wines with our meal, followed by a Madeira with our dessert of flourless chocolate cake and vanilla bean ice cream. Our server was helpful, attentive and gracious. All in all a lovely way to end the week.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMA gem of a relaxed, friendlyA gem of a relaxed, friendly restaurant with outstanding food prepared in a small plates concept with a notable wine list.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMsmall plates all delicious;small plates all delicious; wine flights a great choice to sample and not overindulge; friendly and efficient service.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, very varied selectionGreat food, very varied selection in the menu - wonderful place to try a bit of everything. Our server, Hanna, was very friendly and accommodating. The downsides are: the chairs inside and out are pretty uncomfortable, and the noise level is pretty high - we were glad we had a corner to dull some of the noise. Try the filet mignon sliders, and the arugula endive salad - both were wonderful. We would come back for the food, but may be deterred by the noise level.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWilli's wine Bar had wonderfulWilli's wine Bar had wonderful food, great wine, and a lovely atmosphere! Will definitely be back next time I am in the area!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome food, wine, serviceAwesome food, wine, service and ambiance - love it!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food, Great WineGreat food and great wine list. Staff was very friendly and efficient. Perfect for a light meal and some wine tasting. Would definitely return!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't remember just how weCan't remember just how we stumbled on this place, probably through OpenTable. Food was excellent, tapas style allowed us to sample a few different things. Crimini mushroom salad was a big winner for me. Great wine list by the glass too.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMHey OpenTable, what's nearby?Hey OpenTable, what's nearby? HMMM, sure! What a delight! Innovative small plate menu, good wine list (a bit on the high side, check corkage fees, you ARE in wine country). Friendly attentive service, with quick, well sequenced delivery. The "Fish & Chips" with well seasoned fried sardines and homemade chips was a high point, just beating out the lovely "mac&cheese". This is truly a Neighborhood Gem!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWilli's a must stop for foodies!Just had a terrific meal which was memorable in both quality and diversity! With small plates you can taste a lot, especially with a group. The waitstaff was thoroughly professional, knowledgable and helpful making the experience something we want to repeat really soon. Worthy as a destination meal from 200+ miles away. And the wine pairings were perfect - Thanks Patrick!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMfavoriteSonoma county has some of the best restaurants in the world. Willi's Wine Bar is my favorite again, and again.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM